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  1. ForkHorn

    New IPhone 14 with satellite communication

    Lol this is more about a broken leg/heart attack by yourself in some deep canyon and need help situation than anything. It sounds like ol Dutchman hunts close to people though if he has roads every 1/4 mile. Luckily for us he is tougher than everyone else and can manage.
  2. ForkHorn

    Archery Kills rolling in already

    I think the data shows it's a lot easier to kill a muley with a bow than a Coues when we are in wetter monsoon years that make sitting water not as effective. Too many younger muley bucks will stand there and try to figure out what's going on - letting people fling arrows at distances they may or may not be competent at Muley bucks killed are either outpacing or matching the Coues killed in units where Mule Deer quotas are significantly lower and Mule Deer numbers overall are significantly lower. (For the most part)
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    AZGFD offering 12 Limited tags.

    I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. It inevitably opens the door for more of this sort of thing. Kind of comes off sleazy, but at the same time most of that vibe boils down to where the money is actually going - we don't know. Why should a non wildlife management elk tag pay for a redundant job in Phoenix? I wish each tag had a description section for where that money was going. I sure would feel better about buying a central Arizona mule deer tag lottery ticket if I knew all of the money from that tag went to combating the decline of mule deer specifically. AZGFD does a bad job at managing their money more often than not and I hate the idea of giving them more open use money with no accountability. They'll go back to that well often.
  4. Sourdough Pizza in Mesa is top notch pizza.
  5. ForkHorn

    How AZGFD determines harvest data

    An easy out? An easy out is not doing your job and blaming it on someone else. Hunters come and go. Only one agency is charged with managing wildlife. Hunters should be better - but in reality they aren't. That doesn't mean you shrug your shoulders and say "oh well - they'll be better next year." And then continue to make decisions based on bad data.
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    How AZGFD determines harvest data

    I'm not sure if you're supporting their data or my jab at them with that statement but you'd be correct either way because neither side can prove they're right and that seems like a problem. So if you're defending them - my jab still stands. Wildlife management is hard because of the nature of having very few tools available to see the landscape of what's going on and they willingly choose to ignore the one they can get some of their best and most accurate data from in favor of a survey with a pretty crappy confidence interval. IE they're guessing. They extrapolate harvest numbers based off of a survey that is not required and has no penalty for lying - with no minimum responses required (if there is a minimum, what happens if it isn't met?) Not to mention are you more or less likely to fill out that survey if you killed? They are probably trying to account for that with an algorithm but it is very unlikely to be based off of a recent study and much less likely to be from AZ. They then take these very imperfect numbers and make HUGE decisions based off of them. Guidelines are literally written where tag numbers change based off of harvest percentage and THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HARVEST IS. They will also claim from their Phoenix armchairs that they are very accurate but meanwhile they have no way of proving that. I have looked at harvest data that I knew was incorrect based off of personal knowledge. (I personally knew of more bucks shot on a hunt than they listed. Ask a wildlife manager the next time you meet one if they think the numbers are accurate. Especially after it forces them to raise tags because of guidelines - and they aren't seeing that make sense on the ground Meanwhile much of the rest of the country has mandatory harvest reporting. They way they currently do things is not the best. Shouldn't we demand that?
  7. ForkHorn

    PointGuard Plus - Priority positioning?

    3 draw cycles is not 1.5 years. It's 8 months. If you buy it in June for the deer draw it's over with by the elk application in February. Deer/sheep is one cycle, spring is second cycle, elk/antelope is third
  8. Mandatory harvest data should be the backbone of their decision making. Instead they choose to guess. But trust them when they tell you the magical archery harvest quota numbers are based off of accurate data. If you want to know how many deer were killed in your favorite unit in the past 5 years - they legitimately have no idea.
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    PointGuard Plus - Priority positioning?

    It's a money grab. And probably data driven. The average person probably doesn't buy point guard for more than elk or sheep. Point guard was likely purchased selectively by serious guys with lots of bonus points for maybe 2 or 3 species tops. (Elk, sheep, etc) They're getting more money from you now and selling it like a deal. Nobody cares about point guard for Javelina. The biggest deal is the priority positioning and that is wrong. They have no longer made something random and it's now about money that has nothing to do with the price of the tag. It sends the wrong message. And they did an awful job explaining it.
  10. ForkHorn

    Deer/Sheep Regs

    It's not accurate data. It's that simple.
  11. ForkHorn

    AZGFD Software Job

    Do you build all the apps on your phone through your personal business team within your company? Or do you buy a phone from people that specialize in making phones, and then buy apps that are specific to the purpose you're looking for? Businesses fail because they don't identify what they do well and focus on it. They manage wildlife. They don't build tech. Find your vertical and live in it. Millions of examples out there. Landscapers don't build their trucks or design chainsaws, etc.
  12. ForkHorn

    AZGFD Software Job

    They shouldn't be attempting to do anything internally. They're a wildlife agency not a tech company. They can't remotely compete payscale wise so I imagine they lose talent quickly - not to mention the lack of experience undertaking the sort of projects needed means that they waste money, and end up spending more. Contract everything out. You're a wildlife agency not a tech company. Successful people and businesses partner with others that compliment their weaknesses.
  13. Well said. I agree. I think the quota system is a compromise for everyone. We'll see how it works out.
  14. Gonna hurt outfitters? You must have misspoken and meant outfitters are hurting your average Joe. A lot of tag reductions which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it just got a lot tougher to draw tags. The format of having January at the very end of the archery timeframe and not the beginning means that for a lot of units there will be no more chasing mule deer in the rut with a bow.
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    OTC hunts for 2023

    They quite literally are making decisions based off of harvest without having any real idea of what the harvest is. Especially archery.
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